Explore the depths of Iceland’s 4th longest lava tube cave on our Raufarholshellir Cave Tour. Stretching an estimated 1,360 meters (4,461 ft) long, the tunnels of Raufarholshellir make up their own subterranean universe. Magnificently colored in hues of red and purple, the chambers of the cave are a spectacular sight. Each color tells a story of the cave’s history, which your tour guide will share with you along the way.
Like many Icelandic attractions, the Raufarholshellir lava tunnel was born from a volcanic eruption, known as the Leitahraun eruption, in the Bláfjöll mountain range. You’ll walk in the path of lava that flowed 5200 years ago.
Moss-covered lava stretches throughout the cave. Due to the popularity of the cave, the stalactites began to disappear around the 1950s. However, today you can still spot a few. In winter ice coats the cave interior and giant ice formations create a breathtaking winter wonderland.
Just a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik, Raufarholshellir's lava tube cave is one of the most accessible caves in the country. There are four entrances, all within a short distance of each other. It is extremely spacious at between 10 and 30 meters wide (33 to 99 ft) and up to 10 meters tall (33 ft). Inside the tube explore the largest lava chambers in Iceland, excluding Surtshellir and Vidgelmir lava tubes in West Iceland.
Parts of the cave have uneven surfaces and are difficult to trek. We insist that all participants visiting the lava tunnel be in good physical shape. Discover the ancient remnants of a volcano on this unique tour experience. These dazzling caves are sure to excite your inner explorer!